Jacksonville Jaguars mishandled quarterback situation in 2020
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ plan at quarterback quickly fell apart.
In 2019, the Jaguars benched Nick Foles in favor of a scrappy sixth-round pick out of Washington State. Out was a former Super Bowl quarterback and in was Minshew. All in all, the former Cougars quarterback was 285-of-470 for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdown passes, and six interceptions while the Jaguars went on to win six of their last 12 games.
In the end, Minshew wasn’t able to sustain the success he had in his rookie years, and the team decided to give Jake Luton a shot instead of giving the starting nod to Mike Glennon, hoping they could catch lightning in a bottle once again. Looking back, the team was betting on the rookie’s potential and expecting the best even though they had no idea how things were going to play out.
To Marrone’s credit, he was upfront and said he didn’t know how Luton was going to fare. In hindsight, expecting a late-round pick to thrive might not have been the best course of action, but that’s what the team did.
Luton had a solid NFL debut and was 26-of-38 for 304 yards for one touchdown and one interception. However, he went on to struggle in his next two starts and threw five interceptions. Without many more options on the table, the team went with Mike Glennon in Week 12.